Monday 27th April 2020
Third week of Easter
Acts 6:8-15, John 6:22-29
Many of us Christians are not very sure what propels us towards Jesus and his Church. We seem to only seek Jesus because we know that he can solve our problems. Many people come to the Church or take some positions in the Church because of what they will gain. They get enticed with the glamour and benefits of following Jesus, but are not really concerned about their souls. Such people only see the Christian faith as an avenue to feed themselves.
This is why Jesus was angry with the crowd that came to look for him in the gospel reading of today. Many of them did not come to Jesus because they had enjoyed his preaching some days before, but because he had fed them with bread and fish, and they had come for more. They saw Jesus as one who will quench their hunger for food.
This scenario had made the prophet Isaiah advice that we should not work for the food that perishes, but for what endures forever (Isaiah 55:2). Money and material things can only satisfy our physical needs, but they cannot truly satisfy us. Instead of spending all our time and energy on acquiring earthly things, we should also think of what will follow us beyond this world.
In the first reading, we see that Stephen was not concerned about earthly satisfaction, he worked for what endures forever, therefore he was not afraid of his opponents who wanted to set him at enmity with the people by falsifying his teachings. If you are following Jesus or going to the Church because of what you will gain, you will be disappointed here on earth and thereafter in heaven. May God give us the grace to work for the food that lasts forever. Amen. God help us.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP